June 2013 Student of the Month
Emily is the Rod Library’s Student of the Month for June 2013. Emily is from Dysart, Iowa, and says she has been thinking about a teaching career since she was in fifth grade. She initially came to UNI as an Elementary Education major. After taking a few education courses, Emily decided to incorporate her interest in English and refocused her major to English Teaching. She is also pursuing minors in Creative Writing and Literacy Education. Emily is currently a senior and will student teach during the Fall 2013 semester. She plans to graduate in December 2013 – great news for her, bittersweet news for us as the Rod Library will lose a great student assistant as a result.
Emily has worked at the Rod Library since February 2011, starting at the Multiservice Center. Her duties there included checking out equipment, putting away periodicals, photocopying and shelf reading. Emily then moved to her current position in Reference, where she helps staff the Reference Desk, answers phone calls, puts away books, provides support to the Reference librarians and helps train new student assistants. She says training new students is her favorite part of her job because it allows her to practice her teaching skills. She also appreciates the reference searching strategies she has learned and anticipates using these skills in her teaching career. Emily states that her least favorite duty is shelf dusting and the inevitable encounters with dust bunnies (rumor has it that the infamous Rabbit of Caerbannog lurks among them). Emily was also heavily involved in the recent shift of the Reference and Government Documents collections. The time, effort and outstanding work she put into this major project was highlighted in Emily’s Student-of-the-Month nomination.
Away from her job and studies, Emily likes to watch movies and has a special fondness for Disney films. She also likes to read, and mentions that she has four dogs at home in Dysart that help keep her busy. After graduation, Emily would like to find a teaching job in a middle school or as a Title One teacher, which would allow her to work with young readers who need some extra help with their reading skills. That sounds like a very worthwhile endeavor. Whatever direction her career takes, we know she will do very well. Thanks for being such a good employee, Emily, and congratulations for being chosen June 2013 Rod Library Student of the Month.